Archive for May, 2010

Mini-Contest Winners, et al

Monday, May 31st, 2010

Happy Memorial Day, all! I hope you’re all having a splendid time out in the sunshine, enjoying the official start of the summer season.

While we’re celebrating, the winners of this week’s mini-contest, for signed cover flats of the new mass market edition of The Secret History of the Pink Carnation are… Tami and Brianna!

Congrats to you both, and thanks so much to everyone for sharing your views on the conundrum of “what makes a good cover?”

Along with June comes the second chapter of The Mischief of the Mistletoe, which I’ll be posting here tomorrow. I’ll also be posting a new mini-contest for an advance copy of Mistletoe, so stay tuned….

Weekly Reading Round-Up

Friday, May 28th, 2010

I’ve been on a mystery and suspense kick this week, with an odd bit of sci fi thrown in. Here’s what I’ve been reading:


Upcoming Books

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

With four books coming out this year, even I keep getting confused. Here’s a quick look at the Pinks in the pipeline:

The Secret History of the Pink Carnation (mass market paperback): October 5, 2010

The Mischief of the Mistletoe (hardcover): October 28, 2010

The Betrayal of the Blood Lily (trade paperback): January 4, 2011

The Orchid Affair (hardcover): January 20, 2011

(Image to come….)

BLOOD LILY: the Paperback

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

We have a release date for the paperback of The Betrayal of the Blood Lily !

Blood Lily the Paperback will appear in stores on January 4, 2011, just two weeks before the official debut date of the next book in the series, The Orchid Affair (January 20, 2011).

In our age of electronic wonders, both are already available for pre-order on Amazon.

Cara Elliott on History Hoydens

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

Talking about her books, Jane Austen, and the Yale class…. Stop by and see!


Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

The Orchid Affair, aka Pink VII, has an official debut date! You can find it in stores starting January 20th, 2011. Orchid Affair is already available for pre-order on Amazon. As soon as I have more info– and a cover!– I’ll post it here.

For those who missed it the first time around, you can find the first chapter of The Orchid Affair here.


Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Courtesy of my paperback publisher, I have two beautiful cover flats of the upcoming mass market edition of The Secret History of the Pink Carnation (coming out October 5th!).

So here’s the question:

Of all the book covers (in any genre and by any author) that you’ve seen recently, which most caught your eye and why?

Two people will be chosen at random to receive signed cover flats of the new mass market edition of The Secret History of the Pink Carnation. The contest ends Sunday, May 30th. Winners will be announced Monday, May 31st.


Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

YA writer Abby Stevens is giving away a signed copy of The Secret History of the Pink Carnation on her website, The Tabby Catt. The contest closes next Monday, May 31. You can find the rules and the entry form on her site, here.

Before and After

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

Most of my books have retained the same cover as they moved from hardcover to paperback. Two– The Masque of the Black Tulip and The Betrayal of the Blood Lily— have undergone dramatic transformations.

For fun, here are the before and after pictures:

The Masque of the Black Tulip (2005, 2006):

The Betrayal of the Blood Lily (2010, 2011):

I have to admit, I rather like having two different images for hardcover and paperback. Do you prefer different covers for different formats, or the same cover for both?

Weekly Reading Round-Up

Friday, May 21st, 2010

This week has been heavy on non-fiction and familiar fiction favorites for me, as I’ve been trying to work my way into Pink VIII.

Pauline Bonaparte: Venus of Empire, Flora Fraser

An engaging biography of Napoleon’s most notorious sibling. Many of you might remember Pauline’s cameo appearance in Pink I…. Yes, she really did have that many lovers.

Jane Austen’s ‘Outlandish Cousin’: the Life and Letters of Eliza de Feuillide, Deirdre Le Faye

I became intrigued by Austen’s cosmopolitan cousin (later her sister-in-law) while researching Austen for The Mischief of the Mistletoe. Rumored to be the love child of Warren Hastings, the notorious Governor General of India, Austen’s cousin lived a life a world away from the sheltered precincts of Steventon, including a first marriage to a French “count” who met his death on the guillotine. Eliza de Feuillide’s letters provide a charming, gossipy look at life in late eighteenth and early nineteenth century England and France.

Die for Love, Elizabeth Peters

An old, old favorite of mine. Peters’ Die for Love sends up the writing world in general and romance writers in particular as the dead bodies start piling up at an apocryphal romance writer convention. Hysterically funny.

In a similar vein, I also highly recommend Kasey Michaels’ Maggie by the Book, a spirited murder mystery set at the fictional WAR (We Are Romance) conference.

Naked Once More, Elizabeth Peters

The sequel to Die for Love, in which former librarian turned romance novelist Jacqueline Kirby is hired to write the sequel to mega-bestseller Naked in the Ice– but finds herself tracking down the original author’s killer instead. Much excellent snarkiness. Kirby is a sister under the skin to Miss Gwen.

What have you been reading?